Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

And this coming weekend, another cosmic wonder will be lighting up the sky: hundreds of meteors during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

In the past, the Perseid showers have produced such spectacular displays that people swamped radio stations with reports of a mysterious light in the sky.

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

Every between mid-July and the last week of August the Earth approaches the comet's orbital path.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show.

On the odd occasion, however, the shower has been known to exceed all expectations during the peak.

The Perseids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere in the pre-dawn hours.

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The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

The space expert said: "The best observed rates are found when the Perseid radiant is highest in the sky during the pre-dawn hours, but even in the mid-evening from 10pm the radiant is already at a quite favourable elevation above the horizon".

The particles that cause the Perseids are travelling at around 60 km per second, which is why the meteors we see are typically very fast and bright.

Unlike other celestial sightings that require a telescope or binoculars, the best way to watch a meteor shower is with the naked eye.

For optimal meteor-spotting chances be sure to stay away from bright lights and sources of urban pollution like street lamps, cars and buildings.

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